The stolen bicycle. Photo courtesy of the author (Keith A. Spencer) How I stole my bike back — and what I learned about anti-theft measures along the way I learned what the word "paranoid" meant from grandfather.
Try, just try to find a parody of a pair of Wasps more entertaining than Thurston and Lovey Howell of "Gilligan's Island." Played by Jim Backus, who was of Lebanese descent, and Natalie Schafer, who was
A is candy-apple red, the first color of the rainbow and my name, everything's blood-beginning. Are you sure you didn't just memorize the colors from those alphabet charts in kindergarten? a skeptical
I had wanted to hear from her for so long that I didn't trust myself to open the envelope. I was getting married in a month, and I had so many questions for Mom about the guest list and the menu and what
Map of the United States with a diagonal route pinned with string, from Cape Flattery, WA, to Key West, FL. (Getty Images/Salon) Excerpted with permission from "Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little
The entrance to the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau with the lettering 'Arbeit macht frei' ('Work makes you free') is pictured in Oswiecim, Poland on January 25, 2015, days before the
Recently, my latest book, a contemporary novel about a pregnant Latinx anthropologist who has to battle her way through an apocalyptic New Mexico, was labeled "appropriative" — as in, culturally — in online
Everything Happens For a Reason, I read on a magnet for sale in the hospital gift store, between the wine-mom memes and stained-glass flower-shaped suncatchers. I'm in the gift shop to get my afternoon
On the outskirts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the municipality of Canaan extends. This was created after the earthquake on 12 January 2010, which killed more than 220 000 people in the poor state.
Best of 2019: In the house of alternative facts, my parents' lies prepared me for post-truth America
Left: Steve and Tina; Right: Andra and Ona (Photos courtesy of the author) This life story was originally published on Salon on August 24, 2019. "Don’t confuse me with the facts," my brother Steve used
You may think Santa doesn’t exist, but he does. I know, because I played him. A couple of years ago, in a moment of panic, I agreed to work as Santa. A little over a year after I’d been laid off from job
I know we got the news on a Wednesday because my phone rang during Lilly’s guitar lesson. I never answer the phone while I teach, but this was an unknown number from Cincinnati. I thought maybe it was
Minutemen pass through a stretch of remote Sonoran desert that has been damaged by groups of migrants having to discard clothing and medicine on their journey north. Thirty miles from the Mexican border,
It wasn't a conscious decision, but it's time for me to admit it: I've mostly given up on Christmas. It was never a holiday of great importance to me. I've never put up a Christmas tree, for instance,